Today I had the honor of meeting and interviewing Zoya Phan, a young woman who has done so much for Burma’s democracy movement. Her whole life has always been about survival, and she has never failed to remember the importance of education and human rights in her long struggle for freedom. One of my first questions to her was that (although her story was extraordinary) there were so many other refugees who has been in her shoes, how come it is she who has become this leading voice for Burma’s movement. She first noted that it was an honor to be able to take part in the movement, but she also attributed her ability to do so to education. She said that she had the passion to study and learn; luckily she was given the opportunity to do so. Because of her education, she was able to break down barriers and able to educate others on the atrocities in her country and of her own personal struggle.
Zoya is so busy every time she comes to the States. This was the first time I had ever met her, and we had our interview early in the morning , at 8:45 am, because her schedule was packed. She was running for her interview with NPR right after ours. You can listen to her on NPR here: http://thedianerehmshow.org/
I don’t want to give away too much information, as I will be posting the interview soon. Until that time, get her book, ” Undaunted”. Join Zoya for her book launch at Bus Boys and Poets on 5th and K st. tonight at 7 p.m. in Washington DC.